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Beauty: The Fortunes of an Ancient Greek Idea

David Konstan


This book has two aims. The first is to determine how the ancient Greeks conceived of beauty—a matter that is not uncontroversial, since some scholars have denied that there existed an autonomous concept of beauty in classical Greece. This question is addressed by an investigation of Greek terminology, singling out in particular, and for the first time, the significance of the noun kállos, as opposed to the adjective kalós. On this basis, the book addresses the role of beauty in sexual attraction, class, art, Platonic idealism, and other areas, and offers a comparison between Greek, Hebrew, an ... More

Keywords: beauty, aesthetics, art, desire, kállos, kalós, Greek culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199927265
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199927265.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Konstan, author
New York University